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Deepfreeze, by Faronics, is an application that solves a unique problem that many companies have these days; it prevents an end user from making permanent changes to important system/administrative files. The way in which it accomplishes this feat is quite unique indeed.
Important system/administrative files will leave what is called, "information at the kernel level," on your hard drive. This is what makes these settings permanent. When your PC hard drive reboots, it sees these files embedded at the kernel level and does not allow them the privilege of loading because Deepfreeze simply deletes them all upon reboot!
When you first set Deepfreeze up, you let it know what system/administrative settings you want to stay, “as is.” After this, the software makes sure that anything else is deleted upon startup. It's as if your hard drive were in a freezer all night, so to speak.
REVIEWING DEEPFREEZE SOFTWARE
When reviewing Deepfreeze, it’s important to mention that the application’s one fault is derived from it’s method of functioning. It cleans the hard drive on boot up! What happens in between boots can still happen. This essentially leaves a short daily window for somebody to install malicious items on your machine(s). The window could, theoretically, be longer than this; the time would be based on frequency of user reboots.
Faronics has a clever method of beating this downfall by allowing the user to assign automatically occuring boots that will take place at regular intervals. If an end user takes advantage of this correctly, the in between times should be perfectly safe in an ideal world. We say ideal world because stuff can still happen.
As far as serving its purpose, Deepfreeze does not disappoint. Many end users report malicious attacks finally halting after the application’s implementation. This goes for viral infections too. A bit of consideration must be exercised when installing new software REQUIRED by your business! This is because an exception must be added into the Deepfreeze application. If it’s not, your desired software could be kicked out on startup just as any malicious software app would. You have to simply adjust your user settings as you go along and your needs evolve. The adjustments are quite simple to make in the software however.
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